Concerned Republicans are urging Senate candidates to support IVF

Washington Republicans are urging their Senate candidates to support IVF treatments after the Alabama Supreme Court ruled a week ago that frozen embryos should be considered children.

The decision has already proved problematic for Republicans, who have struggled since the US Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade two years ago to walk the line between appeasing conservative anti-abortion activists and alienating more moderate voters.

On Friday, a memo by Jason Thielman, executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the Republican Senate campaign arm, called on the party’s candidates to “clearly and concisely reject government efforts to limit IVF” and to “come to terms with the overwhelming public support for IVF” and fertility treatments. ”

“There is not a single Republican candidate for Senate who supports efforts to limit access to fertility treatments,” wrote Mr. Thielman.

The memo cited a survey by Kellyanne Conway, a Republican pollster and former Trump White House adviser, showing that 85 percent of Americans support increasing access to fertility procedures and services. Ms. Conway’s data showed that 78 percent of abortion opponents and 83 percent of evangelicals support IVF.

In a letter to Mr. Thielman’s messages to the candidates would show they support IVF, such as referring to fertility services as a “blessing for those who want to have children.” The memo also suggested language that candidates should use to oppose procedural restrictions and recommended that Republican candidates campaign on increased access.

David McCormick, a Republican candidate for the Pennsylvania Senate, was among the first out of the gate Friday to echo the NRSC’s advice.

“IVF is a ray of hope for millions of Americans seeking the blessing of children,” he published on social networks. “I oppose any attempt to limit it.”

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